126 Icelanders Would Rather Be Forgotten - The Reykjavik Grapevine

126 Icelanders Would Rather Be Forgotten

Published October 23, 2014

Of which around 40 seem to have succeeded

Of which around 40 seem to have succeeded

126 of over 150,000 socalled “privacy requests” received by Google this year came from Iceland. These 126 requests involved 282 URLs, around a third of which were removed as requested. This is according to figures published by Google in a recent report.

Privacy requests are based on what has been coined “the right to be forgotten”, established in Europe by precedent of a ruling at the European Court of Justice in May. Since then, Google is bound to process requests from European citizens to remove links in search results related to their name.

Google’s report does not cite specific examples or types of privacy requests from Iceland. According to their FAQ, each case is evaluated individually in the light of “whether the results include outdated or inaccurate information about the person” as well as if “there’s a public interest in the information remaining in our search results—for example, if it relates to financial scams, professional malpractice, criminal convictions or your public conduct as a government official”.

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